Communications Manager

Guy's and St Thomas' Charity

Location London, SE1

Position Full time 37.5 hours per week

Salary £40,000-45,000 p.a. plus pension and other benefits

Application deadline 17 August 2020
The application deadline for this role has passed

At Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, we have an ambitious mission to shift the dial on some of the  biggest health issues of our time. To do this, we make use of every tool in our kit to drive impact. Strategic communications and stakeholder engagement play a big role in helping us do just that.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone enthusiastic with a great eye for good communications and who pride themselves on having standards well above average. 

Working closely with other teams in the Charity and external contractors, you will be part of a group of driven people committed to working together to make an impact. We have ambitious plans in 2020/21 including a branding project, redeveloping our website and launching our fourth urban health programme.

You will play an important role in shaping our communications, driving excellence and helping to embed a dynamic culture of content-making within the organisation.

Key accountabilities

The Communications Manager role is key to help us achieve the high bar we set for our communications work. You will:

  • Plan and deliver outstanding communications driven by our organisational mission and goals
  • Ensure high quality and timely outputs
  • Help measure the impact of our communications

Person specification

Skills, attributes and abilities

  • Able to assimilate and translate complex ideas into engaging and persuasive communications
  • Has a digital-first mindset, with a passion for understanding audience needs and for pushing quality upwards
  • Able to use their creativity to deliver excellent communications that engage, influence and/or help us amplify our work
  • Brings a strong news sense and ability to identify the stories that are worth telling from a varied and rich pool of opportunities
  • Thrives working with multiple projects and deadlines and juggling demands
  •  Has standards above average and an appetite for being part of a high-performing team
  • Able to assess performance of communications, draw valuable insights and apply learning
  • Enjoys working in places with a clear and ambitious mission and ways of working that challenge the norm
  • Brings energy and pace to the work, and a strong can-do attitude

Knowledge and qualifications

  • Graduate or equivalent experience
  • Excellent understanding of the latest in communications techniques


  • Work with the Head of Communications and the Director of Communications (job share) to plan and design engaging campaigns and day-to-day communications outputs for our channels
  • Lead and manage a portfolio of owned communications campaigns and activities
  • Manage communications projects from start to end, including planning, delivering and evaluating
  • Commission, brief and manage external providers such as photographers, videographers, designers and copywriters to ensure high quality outputs
  • Write, edit and produce engaging and relevant content at pace for web, social media and e-newsletters as well as earned and paid channels
  • Work with other teams in the Charity to collate and source content from our supported projects
  • Provide other colleagues with sound advice and support to ensure outstanding communications outputs
  • Build and nurture key relationships inside the Charity and beyond
  • Evaluate and report to stakeholders on owned activities and results

Experience (essential)

  • Project management – managing multiple deadlines, projects and suppliers to ensure outputs on time and on budget
  • Strong copy writing, copy editing and proof reading
  • Experience commissioning, managing and delivering creative projects

Experience (desirable)

  • Experience in a managerial role in communications
  • Experience in a busy communications environment (e.g. press office)
  • Use of Content Management Systems (Drupal)
  • Editing video content (Adobe Premiere or equivalent)
  • Experience of foundation/not for profit or health communications
To apply

Please visit our website for full job pack and details on how to apply

*Please note that this vacancy closes at 9am on Monday 17 August*

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